Li Zijun

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Li Zijun
Zijun LI CHN – 7th Place (5).jpg
Personal information
Native name
Full nameLi Zijun
Country representedChina China
Born (1996-12-14) December 14, 1996 (age 22)
Changchun, China
Home townBeijing, China
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
CoachAlexei Mishin, Gao Haijun
Former coachLi Mingzhu, Pang Qing, Li Chengjiang, Meng Di, Bao Li
ChoreographerLori Nichol
Former choreographerJiang Hailan, David Wilson, Karen Kwan-Oppegard
Skating clubJilin Winter Sports Centre
Training locationsChangchun, China
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Former training locationsBeijing
Began skating2001
RetiredNovember 13, 2018[1]
World standing45 (As of 18 February 2018)[2]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total188.06
2017 World Team Trophy
Short program65.39
2016 Worlds
Free skate128.30
2017 World Team Trophy

Li Zijun (Chinese: 李子君; pinyin: Lǐ Zǐjūn; December 14, 1996) is a Chinese former competitive figure skater. She is the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic bronze medalist and the 2014 Four Continents bronze medalist. Li is also the 2017 Asian Winter Games silver medalist, 2010 JGP Final bronze medalist, and a four-time (2011-2014) Chinese national champion.

Career[edit]

2010–11 season: First senior national title[edit]

Li debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit during the 2010–11 season. She won the bronze medal in Austria and placed 4th in the Czech Republic to qualify for the Final. At the Junior Grand Prix Final, she tied with Risa Shoji for third place. She won the bronze medal on the tie-breaker.

Li went on to win her first senior national title. She finished 9th at the 2011 World Junior Championships.

2011–12 season: Bronze at Youth Olympics[edit]

Li placed second in both of her assigned 2011–12 Junior Grand Prix events and qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final which was held in Quebec City, Canada. She finished fourth at the event. At the Youth Olympics, she won the bronze medal. She then competed at the 2012 Junior World Championships and finished 5th. Concluding her season, Li won gold at her first senior international, the Triglav Trophy.

2012–13 season: Senior ISU Championship debut[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, Li debuted on the senior Grand Prix series. She was fifth at her first event, the 2012 Cup of China, and 4th at the 2012 NHK Trophy, where she posted a personal best score of 174.11 points. Li won her third national title at the 2013 Chinese Championships. She then competed at the 2013 Four Continents Championships and finished 5th. She finished seventh at Worlds after placing twelfth in the short program and fourth in the long. She received the second highest technical score in the free skate, only after Kim Yuna.[3]

2013–14 season: Bronze at Four Continents[edit]

In the 2013–14 ISU Grand Prix season, Li's first event was the 2013 Cup of China where she finished 10th. Prior to her next Grand Prix assignment, the 2013 NHK Trophy, her coach Li Mingzhu stated, "She's getting taller and bigger, but losing power and coordination" and said it was affecting her self-confidence.[4] The skater withdrew from the NHK Trophy, which was scheduled for the following week. She returned to competition at the 2014 Four Continents Championships, placing 2nd in the short, 3rd in the long and won the bronze medal overall behind gold medalist winner Kanako Murakami, and second-place finisher Satoko Miyahara. Li then competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia where she finished 14th.[5] At the 2014 World Championships, Li finished 17th overall.

2014–15 season[edit]

After the 2013–14 season, Li's head coach Li Mingzhu's contract to coach young Chinese skate for the 2014 Olympics ended and she moved back to the United States, while Li remained in China. In October, Gao Haijun became Li's new coach.[6][7]

Li finished 6th at the 2014 Cup of China, after placing 5th in the short program and 6th in the free skate. At the 2014 NHK Trophy, she placed fifth in the short, eighth in the free, and seventh overall. She went on to win her fourth national title at the Chinese Championships, placing first by over 25 points.

At the 2015 Four Continents, Li finished 5th after placing 5th in the short program and 4th in the free skate, 1.52 points back of third place. At the 2015 World Championships in Shanghai where she placed 6th in the short program and 11th in the free skate to finish 9th overall. At the 2015 World Team Trophy, she placed 7th in the individual event and Team China placed 5th overall.

2015–16 season[edit]

For the 2015–16 Grand Prix series, Li was assigned to compete at 2015 Cup of China and 2015 NHK Trophy.[8] She placed 9th in China and 7th in Japan.

She finished 10th at the 2016 Four Continents Championships in Taipei and 11th at the 2016 World Championships in Boston.

2016–17 season[edit]

Ahead of the 2016–17 season, Li returned to train under Li Mingzhu in Artesia, California, and under Pang Qing.[9] She later spent time training with Alexei Mishin in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and with Gao Haijun in Changchun, China.[10]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2016–2017
[10]
  • Le Diable Matou
    by Dompierre
  • Only For Love
    by Tan Dun
2015–2016
[7][11]
2014–2015
[12]
2013–2014
[13]
2012–2013
[14]
  • Express Yourself

  • Legend
    by Li Jian
    performed by Chang Jing
2011–2012
[15]

2010–2011
[16]
  • Until The Last Moment
    by Yanni
    choreo. by Karen Kwan-Oppegard
2009–2010
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    (1937 Walt Disney film)

Competitive highlights[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[17]
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18
Olympics 14th
Worlds 7th 17th 9th 11th 21st
Four Continents 5th 3rd 5th 10th 7th
GP France WD
GP Cup of China 5th 10th 6th 9th 8th WD
GP NHK Trophy 4th 7th 7th
GP Rostelecom Cup 4th
Asian Games 2nd
Triglav Trophy 1st
Volvo Open Cup 1st
International: Junior[17]
Youth Olympics 3rd
Junior Worlds 9th 5th
JGP Final 3rd 4th
JGP Austria 3rd 2nd
JGP Czech Republic 4th
JGP Latvia 2nd
National[17]
Chinese Champ. 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
National Games of China 1st 1st
Team events
World Team
Trophy
5th T
6th P
5th T
7th P
5th T
7th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Detailed results[edit]

Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships.

2016-17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 20–23, 2017 2017 World Team Trophy 9
59.76
7
128.30
5T/7P
188.06
March 28 – April 2, 2017 2017 World Championships 20
56.30
20
103.50
21
159.80
February 23–26, 2017 2017 Asian Winter Games 4
58.65
3
116.95
2
175.60
February 15–19, 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 8
60.37
5
116.68
7
177.05
November 18–20, 2016 2016 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China 7
61.32
8
111.08
8
172.40
November 4–6, 2016 2016 ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup 5
63.89
4
117.94
4
181.83
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 28 – April 3, 2016 2016 ISU World Championships 11
65.39
12
119.13
11
184.52
February 16–21, 2016 2016 ISU Four Continents Championships 6
60.04
11
107.84
10
167.88
November 27–29, 2015 2015 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 6
60.78
10
105.62
7
166.40
November 6–8, 2015 2015 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China 5
58.62
9
100.51
9
159.13
2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 16–19, 2015 2015 ISU World Team Trophy 7
58.83
7
103.67
5T/7P
162.50
March 23–29, 2015 2015 ISU World Championships 6
61.83
11
103.39
9
165.22
February 9–15, 2015 2015 ISU Four Continents Championships 5
60.28
4
115.64
5
175.92
December 27–28, 2014 2014-15 Chinese Championships 1
52.79
1
109.09
1
161.88
November 28–30, 2014 2014 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 5
56.44
8
106.46
7
162.90
November 7–9, 2014 2014 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China 5
53.66
6
98.96
6
152.62
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 24–30, 2014 2014 ISU World Championships 16
54.37
17
95.97
17
150.34
February 6–22, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics 11
57.55
14
110.75
14
168.30
January 20–26, 2014 2014 ISU Four Continents Championships 2
62.84
3
118.72
3
181.56
November 1–3, 2013 2013 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China 8
53.58
10
85.40
10
138.98
2012–13 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 11–14, 2013 2013 ISU World Team Trophy 9
53.16
4
118.34
5T/6P
171.50
March 10–17, 2013 2013 ISU World Championships 12
56.31
4
127.54
7
183.85
February 8–11, 2013 2013 ISU Four Continents Championships 10
54.51
4
115.91
5
170.42
January 10–13, 2012 2013 Volvo Open Cup 1
58.12
1
101.98
1
160.10
December 20–21, 2012 2012–13 Chinese Championships 1
58.09
1
117.01
1
175.10
November 22–25, 2012 2012 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy 3
59.62
4
114.49
4
174.11
November 1–4, 2012 2012 ISU Grand Prix Cup of China 5
59.21
5
100.85
5
160.06

Junior level[edit]

Li Zijun won bronze at the 2010–11 Junior Grand Prix Final
2011–12 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
April 4–8, 2012 2012 Triglav Trophy Senior 1
52.74
1
101.13
1
153.87
Feb. 27 – March 4, 2012 2012 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 6
51.74
5
105.57
5
157.31
January 14–22, 2012 2012 Youth Olympics Junior 3
50.92
2
106.78
3
157.70
January 4–6, 2012 12th Chinese National Winter Games Senior 1
60.56
1
125.56
1
186.12
December 8–11, 2011 2011–12 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 6
43.10
4
103.43
4
146.53
Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, 2011 2011 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Austria Junior 2
55.59
2
100.81
2
156.40
September 20–23, 2011 2011–12 Chinese Championships Senior 3
49.28
1
100.77
1
150.05
Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2011 2011 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Latvia Junior 1
55.09
2
93.10
2
148.19
2010–11 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
Feb. 27 – March 6, 2011 2011 ISU World Junior Championships Junior 3
89.10
8
51.00
10
88.81
9
139.81
December 23–24, 2010 2010–11 Chinese Championships Senior 1
53.24
2
101.05
1
154.29[18]
December 8–12, 2010 2010–11 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Junior 5
49.62
4
100.20
3
149.82
October 13–16, 2010 2010 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Czech Republic Junior 5
47.76
4
100.50
4
148.26
September 15–18, 2010 2010 ISU Junior Grand Prix, Austria Junior 5
47.56
3
97.20
3
144.76
2009–10 season
Date Event Level QR SP FS Total
December 19–20, 2009 2010 Chinese Junior Championships Junior 1
51.23
1
89.70
1
140.93
September 3–5, 2009 2009–10 Chinese Championships Senior 3
44.82
2
83.94
2
128.76[19]
  • QR = Qualifying round
  • Personal bests highlighted in bold.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Li, Zijun (November 13, 2018). "经过多次纠结反复思考后...我将正式告別花样滑冰的赛场。" (Weibo).
  2. ^ "ISU World Standings for Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance". ISU Results. International Skating Union. 18 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  3. ^ "ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2013 Ladies Result". isuresults.com. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
  4. ^ Zhang, Han (November 2, 2013). "China's teenage skater Li Zijun faces big challenge en route to Sochi 2014". Xinhua English. sina.com.
  5. ^ "Zijun Li". sochi2014.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  6. ^ "李子君谈换教练:李明珠对我帮助大 新教练很幽默". sina. Sina Sports. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
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  8. ^ "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2015/16- Ladies" (PDF). ISU Prod. ISU. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  9. ^ Xiong, Wei (June 12, 2016). "Zijun Li: 'You will see the best of me'". Golden Skate.
  10. ^ a b "Zijun LI: 2016/2017". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on February 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "Zijun LI: 2015/2016". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 28, 2016.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  12. ^ "Zijun LI: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on May 21, 2015.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  13. ^ "Zijun LI: 2013/2014". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  14. ^ "Zijun LI: 2012/2013". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on September 17, 2013.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  15. ^ "Zijun LI: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on January 21, 2012.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  16. ^ "Zijun LI: 2010/2011". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on August 15, 2011.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  17. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Zijun LI". International Skating Union.
  18. ^ "2010–2011 Chinese Figure Skating Championships Results". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15.; "Protocols" (PDF) (in Chinese). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25.
  19. ^ "2009–2010 Chinese Figure Skating Championships Results". Archived from the original on 2012-03-15.

External links[edit]

Media related to Li Zijun at Wikimedia Commons